Is it just me?  I find that if I am in control of my eating and workouts, the rest of my life follows suit.   All the little projects that just seem to be on my list of things to do, suddenly have the need to be crossed off.  One thing I’ve been meaning to do for a while is clean out my wallet.  I save every receipt for at least a week (weird, I know!), but after a while, you can’t even close my wallet its so full!

And I have gift cards that I have no idea if the have $1 or $100 on them!  Look what I found out?

  • $108.09 to Whole Foods
  • $4.13 to Target
  • $19.27 to Nike
  • $3.26 to Starbucks
  • $64.75 at AMC Theaters

Isn’t that crazy?!  If I don’t pay attention to my food or exercise I just become all around . . . lazy.  I don’t feel good about myself, I keep telling myself, you know what to do, yet still chose to drink my wine and watch t.v.!

But I have to say I’ve done pretty well in the past few weeks.  I am going tomorrow for my second WW weigh in – I missed last week because of Christmas, but didn’t want to miss two weeks because of New Years.  I had a few indulgences, but I never ate more than my daily points and flex points.  I decided I am saving my activity points for when I have to resort to food to bring up my blood sugar in a hurry like last night.

Do you find that the rest of your life is more organized when your food is in control?

Breakfast was another addition of breakfast nachos – I know I will have this a lot so I made it a recipe in eTools so I can just type “Breakfast Nachos” and my 6 point recipe pops up. 😀

Breakfast Nachos 

Course: main meals
PointsPlus™ Value:    6
Servings:  1 

Preparation Time:  5 min
Cooking Time:  20 min
Level of Difficulty:  Easy


1/2 cup(s) Egg Beaters Refrigerated Egg Whites
1/2 slice(s) cheddar or colby cheese
1/4 cup(s) canned refried black beans
1 serving(s) Hot Sauce
2 item(s) corn tortilla(s)


Heat oven to 350. Cut each tortilla into four, giving you 8 chips.
Spray with Pam and sprinkle with salt if desired. Bake for 10 minutes, or until chips are crispy.
Heat refried beans in microwave for 30 seconds. Divide beans between 8 nachos.
Microwave egg beaters for 2 minutes. Add taco seasoning or Tabasco to egg white mixture. Divide between 8 nachos.
Sprinkle 1/2 ounce of cheese over nachos and broil for a couple minutes, just until the cheese melts.

These are so addicting!  And yes, I splashed each chip with a liberal dose of Tabasco 😀  Nothing like a burning spicy mouth first thing in the morning to get your day going!

So I basically have not left the house with my new camera yet, so the rest of this post is with Old Blue.

Last week my store had apples on the $1 rack, so as soon as I got home I just sauteed the whole bunch.  My pre-workout snack – sauteed apples with 1/2 teaspoon chocolate ice cream topping and 1/2 teaspoon of chopped nuts – 1 point (left over from an ice cream birthday celebration at my office).

I tested my blood sugar before working out, and it was only 156, so that limited what kind of exercise I could do.  I ended up doing 50 minutes on the treadmill, 3.8 mph, with the 6 pound medicine ball tossed back and forth.  I wore a fleece over my t-shirt and I was pretty sweaty by the end – pretty soon my arms are gonna be ready for the gun show! 😀

Lunch was leftover beef stew – 8 points, followed by 3 small clementines later in the afternoon (no pic!).

Since it was my Friday night, Tony and I decided to make it a date night 😀  We went to The Lucky Monk in South Barrington -probably the 7th or 8th time we’ve been there.  The food is always really good.  I, in usual fashion, read the menu ahead of time and had picked out that I would have the apple bacon smoked gouda flatbread appetizer for my entree.

Well, as luck would have it, my blood sugar was 46 as we sat down.  I took one look at the menu and said “we’ll take the Trappist Trio to start.”   Fried dill pickles, truffle french fries and onions strings. I know you know we don’t like onions, but we can handle the tiny deep fried ones 😀

Let’s just say Tony didn’t want anything to do with the fried pickles.  So I at them.  All.

Oh my word.  Perfection in a cup – lightly battered, crispy coating, and the dill pickle still had a bite on the inside, not mushy at all.  I’ve only had fried pickles a handful of times, but these were by far the best.  Guess the points?  (I didn’t find this out until I got home!).  15 Points! Worth every one in my book.

But I still had the flatbread on my brain, and we had time before the movie (we saw Social Network – good movie!)  – I ate 2/3 of this – it was delicious – thinly sliced apple, thick smokey bacon with smoked gouda – I will try to recreate a more healthy version at home.  8 PointsPlus.

And to wash it all down?  Two of these beers and a Blue Moon:  12 Points.

So I had a 35 Point dinner and guess what?  I am okay with that.  This is a lifestyle, and part of a lifestyle is indulging every once in a while.  The old me would just strap on the feed bag and think “well, I fucked up with this meal, so I may as well eat like shit the rest of the week (or month, or months!).

But it’s one meal.  Today is another day.  I have good food planned.  Hannah and I are going to the gym when she gets off to work (and maybe laugh our asses off trying to play racquetball!) 😀

Stats for Wednesday

  • 52 PointsPlus (still have 17 flex points left and 25 activity points left for the week)
  • 50 minute treadmill, 3.8 mph, 6 pound medicine ball
  • average blood sugar 92

Come back tomorrow!  Not only is it the last day of the year, but my little blog will have reached 400,000 page views! I plan on thanking all of you who stop by my little corner of the world with a great giveaway – everyone needs tools to succeed, so I will be offering some cool tools to give away tomorrow! 😀

Make it a great day!